Caught in the Web

Earth-Friendly Web Sites

by Laura Emery, Field Editor

 

These days, when someone asks if you’ve “gone green” — they’re not asking if you’re sick to your stomach or are feeling extremely envious.

 

They’re asking if you’re practicing earth-friendly habits. It’s hard to escape all the “green talk” these days; the huge environment-conscious movement has left its influence in almost every corner of mainstream society. It’s even made its way to ‘round-the-water-cooler conversations.

 

These days, it’s cool to be green. And, as a result, green Web sites are proliferating all over the World Wide Web. It’s never been easier to find earth-friendly products and learn how to lead a green lifestyle. From eco news to recycling tips, these are the top go-to green Web sites.

 

Tree Hugger

www.treehugger.com

 

TreeHugger is a media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. The Web site is a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. At TreeHugger.com, variety is the spice of life. You can find all you need to go green with up-to-the-minute blogs, weekly and daily newsletters, video segments, and even a radio show.

 

According to TreeHugger.com, “Our environment is currently facing huge obstacles that have the potential to seriously disrupt our future and the future of all our fellow flora and fauna friends. Keeping that in mind, TreeHugger also sympathizes with the fact that most people aren’t willing to compromise their current lifestyle in order to improve our shared environment, so we have created a place where you can discover how to maintain or improve your quality of life while reducing your harmful impact on the earth.”

 

Green Options

http://greenoptions.com

 

Green Options is a community dedicated to environmental resources, education, and discussion. Green Options Media’s growing network of environmentally focused blogs provides users with a broad spectrum of information on making more sustainable choices in their lives. Launched in February of 2007, Green Options Media has grown into a leader among green Web portals by combining news, guidance and community features for a wide audience. Both tree-huggers and the green-curious will find information they can use and people with whom they can share their journey toward a more sustainable lifestyle.

 

Written by experienced professionals in their fields, Green Options Media’s individual blogs engage visitors with authoritative content, compelling discussions, and helpful advice. Users new to the green scene can contribute to the conversation by joining in dialogue between the Web site’s writers and visitors on individual blogs, or by starting their own Green Options Journal. “We don’t preach to the choir, or require a commitment to our vision: we invite anyone with questions, or simply curiosity, to add their voices to the community, and share their approaches to achieving abundance while lightening their environmental footprint,” the Web site reads.

 

Gadgets Gone Green          

www.ecogeek.org

 

EcoGeek devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology. EcoGeek.org publishes up to 10 stories daily about innovations that are saving the planet. From green cars, motorboard commuting, to the Luxim microwave bulb — this site merges technology with environmental consciousness to get its own unique version of green-ology.

 

A Greener Wardrobe

www.thegreenloop.com

 

Modern organic fibers don’t mean scratchy hemp smocks anymore. An online boutique, Greenloop carries sustainable men’s and women’s clothing lines that are “far more hip than hippie.” For the eco-concerned shopper, this is a must-visit Web site.

 

Eco-Furnishings

http://homeandplanet.com

 

Home and Planet is one of the country’s largest eco-furnishing stores, and it covers all bases. Unique items like soy milk cartons crafted into coin purses share space with elegant reclaimed-wood coffee tables.

 

Green Guide

www.thegreenguide.com

 

This Web site is not only user-friendly, but contains a wide variety of environment-friendly advice — such as how to plan your dream green wedding, how to reduce the eco impact of your next soiree, how to outfit the perfect environmentally friendly kitchen, and even how to revamp your bathroom in order to save money by the gallons. The site features a helpful tip of the week, as well as featured quizzes on how to determine your eco anxiety level, and includes blogs on all things green.

 

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